Everyone has a role to play in building a better and safer culture around alcohol. There is a LOT you can do – these suggestions are just a start.
1. Make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
- Diversify the ways you and your friends unwind. Don’t let alcohol become your only signal for “now it’s time for us to have fun.” Check out some ideas.
- Never let alcohol become a “necessary” part of an event, even tacitly – i.e., being sober or sober-ish shouldn’t make for a lousy time. More party planning tips.
- If you’re serving alcohol, make sure you have equally tasty non-alcoholic drinks too - those who aren’t drinking for any reason, whether their age or their game tomorrow, will thank you.
2. Keep an eye out for people in trouble.
- Become an expert at tactfully helping your friends slow down.
- Team up with your friends to check in on each other, and help you all stay within your limits.
- Know the signs of alcohol poisoning, and be ready to call for help if you see them.
3. Up your alcohol skills.
- Go through AOHDRI’s free TIPS Bartender Training. Get certified, impress your friends, and make your parties safer.
- Play with the Blood Alcohol Calculator to understand how alcohol is likely to affect you.
- Read a bit about Yale alcohol culture and why peer pressure to drink is actually sort of a sham.